Energy Savings Tips During the Season of Growth - Ernst Heating & Cooling

Energy Savings Tips During the Season of Growth

When you think of spring, you probably think about colorful new blossoms and warmer temperatures. But nothing is certain about spring weather in the Metro East area. Temperatures can rise and fall, and utility bills can be a roller coaster ride. Looking to save energy this spring? Ernst Heating & Cooling of Hamel, IL, can help. Spring’s crazy weather and temperature swings don’t have to leave you with rising energy bills. Read on for energy-saving tips that can ensure that the season of growth applies to your garden, not your energy bills!

Service your air conditioner

Your AC went through a lot last summer. It kept you cool during the heat waves and removed some of the infamous Midwest humidity. Then it sat quietly all winter, gathering dust indoors and enduring the outdoor elements during the colder months. An annual AC tune-up makes sure your unit is ready to run smoothly and efficiently during our hot Metro East summers. Your professional Ernst technician will thoroughly inspect your unit and clean the evaporator, blower, and condenser coils. We’ll examine the moving parts and make the necessary tightening and adjustments. An air conditioner that’s running well will require less energy, meaning you’ll see lower energy bills!

Is it time for a new cooling system?

Even the best AC units don’t last forever. If your Ernst technician suggests it’s time for an upgrade, don’t panic. New cooling and/or heating systems can pay you back over time with better energy efficiency and lower energy bills. Remember to watch our website for special deals on new systems. We can also help you set up special financing.

Don’t forget to change your air filter

Between the spring pollen and the dust your neighbor is kicking up as he overhauls his yard, your AC may be pulling in extra dirt and debris when it circulates air throughout your home. This creates a lot of airflow resistance and can strain your system, forcing it to work harder and making it vulnerable to extra wear and tear. Air filters should be changed regularly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If it’s been a while, then it’s probably time for a new air filter. If you’re not sure, pull it out and take a look. If it looks dirty, bring in a replacement.

Consider a thermostat upgrade

Are you still relying on the thermostat that came with your home in 1984? Your old thermostat can cost you money! A programmable thermostat offers better energy efficiency with precise temperature settings, even when Mother Nature is throwing us temperature curve balls that might inspire the Cardinals to add her to the pitching roster! ⚾ You may even want to upgrade to a smart thermostat, which can sense when the family is home and suggest temperature schedules for maximum efficiency.

Make small changes at home

Spring is a great time to take inventory of your home and introduce new energy-saving strategies:

  • Bulb time: No, we’re not talking about tulips; we’re talking about lightbulbs! Replace your old lightbulbs with energy-saving alternatives, like LED lighting.
  • Weatherstripping isn’t just for the winter months. Pull out the caulk and seal cracks and openings that might let hot air in during those steamy summer months. While you’re at it, check your ductwork. Leaky ducts sabotage your AC unit. Ernst Heating & Cooling can inspect your home’s ductwork and recommend any improvements or repairs.
  • Fan clubs: Your ceiling fans can add an extra layer of comfort to your home, but only if they’re spinning in the correct direction. Make sure they’re set to spin counterclockwise so they push cool air down to your living space.
  • Get cooking outside: Your stovetop and oven can heat up the home when they’re in use. Pull out the grill and cook outdoors to keep the heat where it belongs.

Celebrate the season of new growth with spring energy solutions from Ernst Heating & Cooling. Schedule your AC tune-up now when you call us at 618.217.1836 or fill out our online form. It’s time to bloom with Ernst Heating & Cooling.

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